By Ralph Hipp
If I could stay up all night, I would be reading the rest of "Game Change.." This captivating behind-the-scenes look at the Obama/ Clinton/ Edwards race, complete with all their insecurities and indiscretions, is the #1 book in America in the stores and Amazon.com. The book, by New York and Time Magazine reporters John Heilemann and Mark Halperin, gets into the McCain/ Palin relationship in the second half of the story.
Here's some of what I've learned so far:
(President) Barack Obama was handed a proposal by Tom Daschle after winning the Iowa causes, with John Edwards offering to drop out of the race and become his running mate, just to take Hillary Clinton out of the race. Obama dismissed the idea without giving it a thought. (Edwards plan included a scenario where he won Iowa, and offered Obama the 2nd spot on his ticket.)
(Secretary of State) Hillary Clinton screamed at her campaign staff on a strategy to win the Iowa caucuses. Bill took over with her despised pollster Mark Penn against the plan of the "brain trust," and went off-message to help her win the New Hampshire primary five days later.
(Disgraced) John Edwards was continually brow-beaten by his high-strung, cancer-stricken wife and told his campaign staffers to ignore her screaming, because there wasn't anything he could do about it.
This is good stuff, folks. And apparently, politically hungry Americans are enjoying the story. Let me know if you're reading "Game Change" and join me in a discussion here about some of the things you find interesting, about one of the most interesting presidential races of our generation.